My story

If you haven’t read my post Digging for treasure… (click on the blue title it will take you to the post) it may help you to understand my journey in arriving at the following destination below;

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The following is an excerpt from my book “I go to prepare a place for you” …*

Malaysia….1980…

…I had started reading the Good News Bible…the Bible that my grandparents had given me just before I had left Australia to live here in Malaysia. I had been reading in Isaiah chapter 1: verse 11… That God the Father didn’t want a religious or ritualistic relationship…with people any longer… then read in the New Testament gospels…God the Father had sent Jesus His Son to have a personal relationship with us and pave the way for us to have that personal intimacy with the Father through Him…

He said that we needed to be ‘born of the Spirit anew’  which I read in the gospel of John chapter 3 verse 5… And realized after reading extensively in the Bible that this meant accepting that God had sent Jesus to bridge the gap between us and God that had been created by Adam and Eve in their disobedience to Him… But I also read that Jesus had accepted this task with joy in His amazing love for us and found that was the startling thing…

Jesus had come to earth to take upon Himself, man’s rejection of God’s best for us…I also realized that I too, not just Adam and Eve, had rejected God! I did not give Him the relationship that He desired…Mine was one of religion and ritual… Only when I needed or wanted something or was in need did I go to Him…I did what I had been taught…rote prayers, actions and rituals to get a result… which is not what I was reading in Jesus life nor of what I was observing in the missionaries at Dalat school in their relationship with God…Mmmmm….

…I have asked God the Father, just in quiet prayer [with BettyMitchell],  to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus His Son…I accepted the amazing lengths that He went to for me… In Jesus being born as one of us but conceived by the Holy Spirit, living as a man, being cruelly and brutally killed on that cross when He was God…In taking on all of our rejection of Him and God the Father, also for my life and I asked Him to forgive me for my rejection of Him and His Son and His Spirit in my words, thoughts and actions…I accepted His miraculous arising from death…And His ascending into Heaven…God in all His fullness is AWESOME!

This is what it means to be ‘born of the Spirit anew’ (also known as being born again) as the Bible says the Holy Spirit… God’s Spirit has come into a personal and intimate relationship within me… Our adventure has just begun!

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Today…

…There’s a popular belief circulating in our culture that there are many ways/paths that lead to God the Father and to spending eternity…with Him, this is a very sad deception, Jesus said, continually while here on earth, that there is only one way to the Father and His dwelling place…Through a personal relationship with Him (Jesus)…

This personal spiritual relationship is open and available to all… All we have to do is ask Jesus as I did above in 1980…

He has given each one of us a free choice, He will not interfere with our freedom of choice… We either choose to have that personal and intimate relationship in being ‘born anew of the Spirit’ or not… Each has to make their own decision… It’s yours freely to choose…

My greatest desire and prayer for all these years and will continue to be… That all will spend eternity together… With God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit…As it doesn’t happen automatically as popular culture would have us believe…It takes that choice to have a relationship with Him and live out our life continually within that relationship.

*Excerpts taken from; “I go to prepare a place for you” John 14:2, Jennifer M. Ross, 2017, pp 19-23. Copyright all rights reserved.